Introduction to Microsoft Calculator
The Microsoft Calculator is among the most useful apps of all time. The app has retained its status despite the changing and constantly evolving technologies down the years. Microsoft has hereby continued to implement additional features both in the interface and functionality of this app.
The app opens to take a small window of the screen considering its small number of buttons and the way a user can take actions such as entering numbers. However, this interface can be maximized to fit the whole screen or resized to whatever position the user may desire. The good thing is how the app interface especially can adjust to fit well and space adequately in real-time in accordance to the changes that takes place in the calculator window.
This proves quite useful for example in scenarios where the user maybe doing some calculations in a two in one computer with touch capability and perhaps decides to switch to using the screen only. The larger spaces within the buttons would allow better touch area and hereby allowing the user an easier experience pressing the buttons via the screen.
The app may have a custom theme selection based on the system theme that the user may have enabled and this can be modified in the settings tab.
The app further has an icon to help the user set the calculator app to always appear on top of all active windows on the same desktop or monitor. This is a crucial feature that would enable the user to achieving multitasking at a more convenient means without the need to minimize and restore the calculator application window repeatedly.
Standard Tab in the calculator
On opening the Calculator app, the first and default tab that the user encounters is the Standard tab. This is the most used tab amongst many users based on previous stats. However, supposing the user closed the app on a different tab this would not be the case since the app would resume based on the last activity of the user.
This tab has basic functionality for performing calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, finding square roots, squaring, percentages, and working with numbers in fraction.
The tab includes a side panel that has two tabs within the panel which are the history and memory tabs. The history tab record the users’ operations in a sequential manner ordering them according to the time the user performed the operations. This is so that the user can refer to the results the obtained initially whenever they feel the need to look up the work they did. The user also gets the convenience of deleting items that may be stored in the history list upon the need to clear arises. This ensures some form of neatness and organization while working within the app.
On the contrary, the memory tab goes further to store in memory the user’s activity based on the activity that the user decides to save manually for any specified reason.
The buttons include a numeric pad with numbers ranging from 0 to 9, symbols, a delete button, a clear button, an equal to button among other special buttons which are the MC, MR, M+, M- and finally the MS (Memory Store).
The calculation performed by the user are written above the numeric pad and the result is written below it. The result from the calculation performed can be distinguished by the font formatting since it is set to appear as large bold text.
Scientific Tab in the calculator
The next tab is the scientific tab, which is an extension of the standard tab but with additional buttons that would be most suitable for doing advance scientific calculations. The main panel above the numeric pad has toggle buttons for the DEG (degree), RAD (radian), and GRAD (gradian) modes. Adjacent to it is the F-E button which toggles exponentials from the users’ current result on the result panel.
Immediately above the numeric pad are two drop down buttons. The first one is the Trigonometry button which gives the user access to additional buttons to use in in trigonometry. The buttons encapsuled under this dropdown button are such 2nd, sin, cos, tan, hyp, sec, scs, and cot.
The next dropdown button is the Function Button which has this layout:
Proceeding are additional buttons such as the pie π, mod, power functionality, raising numbers to base 10, performing logs or logarithms and working with indices.
The Graph mode enables the user to get a visual and graphical representation of values entered.
This graph mode also includes a share button to aid the user in exporting the graph either to other formats or to other applications to ensure better presentation and collaboration with other users.
This graph options window includes buttons and input filed that the user would use to specify configurations and settings for how the graph is to appear.
Among the setting are options such as a text field for setting the maximum and minimum calibration for the x- axis as well as the y-axis. Also included in the mix is a Reset view text button that would revert to the default configuration upon the users’ preference.
Next is a section for the user to specify units which can either be in Radians, Degree or Gradians. Following is a functionality to set the thickness of the line that would be displayed on the graph. Then lastly, the user can specify a theme for the graph which can either be a light theme or a theme that would match the app theme.
Below the view are buttons to zoom in or zoom out of the open graph mode as well as a button to refresh the view of the graph automatically.
The equation modes enable the user to specify an equation that would link and depict the way the data values are plotted on the graph.
The additional functionality is the use of inequalities that include the less than, less than or equal to, equal to, greater than or equal to and lastly the greater than symbols for performing comparisons over a linear scale of the graph.
Programmer Tab in the calculator
Just as the name specifies it, th is tab provides tools for IT professionals to work with. The result panel can be set to represent outcomes either in HEX (Hexadecimal), DEC (Decimal), OCT (Octets) or BIN (Binary).
Below the result panel are some toggles buttons such as one for the full keypad and a bit toggling keypad. The other toggle configuration is for QWORD (quadword), DWORD, WORD, BYTE.
A Bitwise toggle button has:
The AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR and XOR comparison buttons.
Also included in the keypad are some alphabetic keys spanning from A up to F.
Date Calculation Tab in the calculator
This date calculations functionality can perform multiple operations upon the dates that the user keys in. This can be whether they are adding, subtracting, or finding the difference between dates that the user has specified.
The user can input the det desired using a date picker dialog instead of having to type the date manually in text form.
Converter in the calculator
This next section sets itself apart from the calculator since it works in a different way compared to the calculator.
Currency Tab in the calculator
This tab has a real-time conversion functionality for various currencies that known all over the world. The result panel specified the equivalence of the first currency to the second currency. The currency converter further indicates to the suer whether the computer has an internet connectivity that is critical in updating the currency exchange rates or not.
When there is not any level of connectivity to the internet the status will be displayed as offline. Otherwise, when there is a stable connectivity to the internet the status will allow the user to click and refresh the exchange rates. Also indicated is a last date which the exchange rates were last updated. Then below it is a numeric keypad to key in the numbers desired.
Volume Tab in the calculator
The next tab is the Volume conversions tab. The functionality enables conversion within metrics such as Milliliters, cubic centimeters, liters, cubic meters, teaspoons, tablespoons, Fluid Ounces, Cups, Pints, Quarts, Gallons, Cubic Inches, Cubic feet, and cubic yards. With the specification to fit either conversions for the units in the United States or the United Kingdom equivalents. The same numeric keypad is also provided to key in the numbers.
Length Tab in the calculator
The length converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: Nanometers, Microns, Centimeters, Meters, Kilometers, Inches, Feet, Yards, Miles, and lastly Nautical Miles.
Weight and Mass Tab in the calculator
Next up is the Weight and Mass tab which features conversion in units such as: Carats, Milligrams, Centigrams, Decigrams, Grams, Dekagrams, Hectograms, kilograms, Metric tonnes, ounces, pounds, stone, short tons (US) and long tons (UK).
Temperature in the calculator
The temperature converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin.
Energy in the calculator
The energy converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: Electron volts, Joules, Kilojoules, Thermal calories, food calories, foot-pounds and British Thermal Units.
The area converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: square millimeters, square centimeters, square meters, hectares, square kilometers, squares inches, square feet, square yards, acres and square miles.
Speed in the calculator
The speed converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: centimeters per second, meters per second, kilometers per hour, feet per second, miles per second, knots and Mach.
The time converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: Microseconds, milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years.
The power converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: watts, kilowatts, horsepower (US), Foot-pounds/minute and BTUs/minute.
The data converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: bits, bytes, kilobits, kibibits, kilobytes, kibibytes, megabits, mebibits, megabytes, mebibytes, gigabits, gibibits, gigabytes, gibibytes,terabits,tebibitsterabytes,tebibytespetabits,pebibits,petabytes,pebibytes, exabits, exbibits, exabytes, exbibytes, zetabits, zebibits, zetabytes, zebibytes, yottabits, yobibits, yottabytes and yobibytes.
Figure 25:Microsoft Calculator Pressure Converter
The pressure converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: atmospheres, bars, kilopascals, millimeters of mercury, pascals, and pounds per square inch.
Figure 26:Microsoft Calculator Angle Converter
The angle converter tab spans conversion functionality for the following units: degrees, radians, and gradians.